Vegetarian cheese is not simply cheese made without the use of rennet, which is an animal product. For non-lacto vegetarians or vegans, the use of any animal product, including dairy, is prohibited. You can purchase a wide variety of vegan cheeses at a health or natural food store. However, there are a number of delicious vegan cheeses you can make simply at home. The cheeses you make at home will not only taste fresher, but also save you money.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- 349gr extra firm silken tofu
- Clean kitchen towel
- Food processor
- Rubber spatula
- 3 1/2 tbsp cashew butter
- 4 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Mixing bowl
- 1/2 cup raw cashews, chopped
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- Medium saucepan
- 5 tbsp agar flakes
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- Cooking oil
- 3-cup plastic bowl or tub
Wrap the block of silken tofu in a clean kitchen towel. Twist the ends of the towel to compress the tofu and remove any excess moisture.
Place the squeezed tofu in the bowl of your food processor.
Add the cashew butter, 4 1/2 tsp lemon juice and 1/2 tsp salt.
Process on high speed until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
Use immediately or refrigerate until needed. Refrigeration will firm the cheese to a thicker consistency.
Vegan Crème Cheese
Combine the chopped cashews, nutritional yeast, onion powder, 1 tsp salt and garlic powder in a mixing bowl.
Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil in a medium-sized saucepan. Add 5 tbsp agar flakes to the boiling water. Stir and cook for 5 to 8 minutes or until thick.
Transfer the agar mixture to a blender. Turn the blender on high and add the dry ingredients from the mixing bowl.
Add the tomato paste, tahini and 3 tbsp lemon juice and mix to thoroughly blend.
Oil the inside of a 3-cup plastic bowl or tub. Pour the mixture in the tub and refrigerate for at least three hours or until the cheese hardens.
Remove the cheese from the tub by inverting the tub onto a plate or saucer and serve. Wrap in cling film to store in the refrigerator.
Simple Cheddar Substitute
Tips and warnings
- Nutritional yeast flakes can be easily substituted for Parmesan, Romano or other grated cheeses that are sprinkled on foods.
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